September 8, 2011
Downtown Arlington is Hopping with the Opening of Three New Businesses
Three distinct businesses opened their doors Labor Day weekend in
downtown Arlington: pizza joint Mellow Mushroom, hangout Grease
Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club, and funky Gypsy Riddles Boutique &
Some may be familiar with the family-friendly
- Arlington has DFW’s second
location. Dinner there is an experience that “exhilarates your
senses and soul,” as owner Kim Slawson puts it.
Even though it’s part of a national chain, every art piece or
fixture in the Center Street location is original and handmade with
different stories behind them.
For example, the original Mellow Mushroom sign that co-founder Marc
Weinstein created in 1974 sits above booths in the fire-and-ice bar.
And the mural above the kitchen—that’s what Absolut Vodka looks like
under a microscope.
The restaurant serves appetizers, salads, calzones and hoagies in
addition to pizza.
Mellow Mushroom Contact Info: 817-274-7173; 200 N. Center Street,
Arlington, TX 76011. Mellow Mushroom is also on
Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club
After dreaming up his ideal hangout spot more than one and a half
years ago, managing partner/owner Greg Gardner of
Burger Shop & Social Club found
his ideal space on Mesquite Street.
Gardner, a UTA graduate, has always thought of downtown Arlington as
a “cool” place. When he found a location downtown where he could
have an open garage door and patio, he was sold.
“I wanted the garage doors, I wanted it to be open [with] a New
Orleans, Austin type of vibe,” Gardner said.
The underlying theme of Grease Monkey is the social aspect, which
derives its name from the New Orleans social aid and pleasure clubs
that helped communities come together.
“I called it a social club because it’s just kind of a place where
you want to go hang,” said Gardner.
Besides the restaurant and bar, the hangout has a stage for live
music performances. The bar, which is open until 2 a.m. Thursday
through Saturday, takes a fast, casual approach to dining.
Grease Monkey Contact Info: 817-665-5454; 200 N. Mesquite St.,
Arlington, TX 76015. Grease Monkey is also on
Gypsy Riddles Boutique & Gallery
The husband-and-wife team of Jaceson Jones and Jennifer “Gypsy”
Riddle collaborated with Jaceson’s mother to form
Boutique & Gallery,
a laid-back shop in the heart of Arlington offering fashion,
jewelry, hats, sculptures and local art.
“We wanted that funky vibe of Austin, Colorado and
California—something that you just can’t find anywhere else,”
Riddles said. Indeed, individuality is the theme of Gypsy Riddles.
The boutique and gallery’s main allure is the one-of-a-kind pieces
it sells. Riddle tries hard to provide “statement pieces” that don’t
have 10 million duplicates roaming the country. Prices for jewelry
and art start at $8 and $25 respectively and go up from there.
The shop is currently open and will celebrate its grand opening
More about Gypsy Riddles: 817-908-2057; 207 N. Center St.,
Arlington, TX 76011. Gypsy Riddles is also on
and Twitter (@gypsyriddles).